It’s the year’s end again in a short couple of months, and we have a number of US Holidays to look forward to after that. Let’s take a look – it begins with New Year’s Day, January 1st; then there’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. January 15’ it’s George Washington’s Birthday, February 19th next and Memorial Day on May 28th. There are a number of US holidays that come up throughout the year. What better way to celebrate a US holiday than to visit one of the US’s proud National Parks? Read on to know more about the wonders in store for you at the US’s National Parks.
- Great Smoky Mountains
People love this park with its early morning smoky fog and 1000km of walking trails. The Smoky Mountains are home to eastern America’s largest population of black bears. Native American tribal people lived here once and you can see the remnants of South Appalachian mountain culture. The park is located between the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. Make it there on one of the many US holidays!
- Jedediah Smith State Park
Jedediah Smith State Park, commonly known as Redwood National Park stretches along the Northern California coastline. This part is fiercely protected by the government, though camping is allowed though strictly monitored. The park has a significant number of giant redwood trees, plus several numbers of various endangered wildlife species. If you are able to explore the park, do carry binoculars to spot the brown pelican, bald eagle and northern spotted owl.
- Voyageurs National Park
This is the perfect park for water lovers with its four huge lakes and extensive web of waterways. Canoeists, kayakers, swimmers, divers and water sport enthusiasts come here regularly. A large number of fishermen also visit this park, to try their luck at big game! The park has been named after the French-Canadian fur traders who were the first to journey repeatedly through this region.
- Rocky Mountain National Park
Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park is a rock-climber’s delight. Climbers from around the world come here to challenge themselves with the Rocky Mountain’s spiky peaks. The Longs Peak is over 14,000 feet and is a favorite among climbers. The Rocky Mountain is home to lush green forests, snow-topped mountains, glittering blue lakes and incredible scenery every which way you turn. This is one of the best US national parks ever and well worth a national park pass!
- Saguaro National Park
The great American West has always been represented by the Giant Saguaro cactus. Explore this desert park that stretches along both sides of Tucson, Arizona with your hiking boots on. You can hike and camp here; there are places to obtain drinking water and sanitary facilities well into the park. Summer months can be very hot here, so it’s best to hit the trails during the cooler months, to enjoy the pristine desert scenery and unique wildlife.
- Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is America’s first national park, home to stunning wildlife such as wolves, bears, moose and others that traverse the scraggy mountain ridges. Yellowstone National Park is particularly famous for its collection of geysers that spew out fountains of boiling hot water in artistic arrangements. Yellowstone Lake sits over the Yellowstone Caldera which is one of the world’s largest active super-volcanoes today. This is one of the best places to visit in the USA.
- Olympic National Park
The Olympic National Park occupies an area of more than a million acres in Washington State. The Park is home to ocean tide pools, rushing rivers, lush meadows filled with wildflowers and the continent’s most ancient forests, plus distant snow-covered mountain ranges. The Olympic National Park has the largest wild herd of Roosevelt elk in the world as well.
- Sequoia National Park
The Sequoia National Park is rife with North America’s most famous trees – giant sequoias. In fact, the Sequoia National Park is home to the largest tree in the world, the General Sherman tree. The park is sheer wilderness with no viable roads. If you want to experience the sort of untouched wilderness that existed before America was colonized, head out to the Sequoia National Park.
- Haleakala National Park
Haleakala National Park is located in Maui Island. The park has a dormant volcano; sun worshippers climb up to the ridge of the volcano’s enormous crater to enjoy the mesmerizing views of sunrises and sunsets. At night, the watchers pull out telescopes to study the skies, since the Haleakala National Park has some of the clearest skies in the world. Haleakala is one of the top travel destinations in the USA.
- Glacier Bay National Park
Glacier Bay National Park is an actual glacier in Alaska, from which the ice has receded 30 miles, creating an actual bay. The area is under government protection, but it is famous among people who love to take cruises and admire the glittering frozen landscape of Glacier Bay’s snow-laden mountain peaks. Glacier Bay is so pristine, so beautiful, that it’s well worth obtaining a US Visa just to visit this place.
- Grand Canyon
Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park is a huge, rocky wilderness that has become a favorite global natural attraction. At the center Grand Canyon is a vast canyon that boasts of all the colors of the sun and the earth. This canyon stretches for 29km across, and 446km lengthways and plunges to a depth of 1.6km and more. Explorers have discovered deep underground lakes, waterfalls and many water bodies in the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is one of the top tourist attractions in USA.
- Isle Royale National Park
Michigan’s Lake Superior has several islands, with Isle Royale being the largest, stretching for 72km in length and 14km across. You can access this island only by boat to attempt the 60km-long Greenstone Ridge Trail. Be sure to take pics of the wolves and moose you see; this park has one of the largest populations of both animals. There are plenty of opportunities for divers, swimmers, kayakers and other water babies. This park is one of the best vacation spots in the US.
This is just a small list of the amazing national parks in the United States. There’s the Joshua Tree, the Kenai Fjords, Lassen Volcanic, Mesa Verde, Mount Rainier and many, many others. Make a plan to visit each one of these incredible national parks during the upcoming US holidays with your family. Everyone will absolutely adore it!